Maintaining positive behavior in the classroom can be a daily struggle for teachers.
Brain Breaks are designed to support educators by recharging and refocusing young minds, through stretching and breathing exercises that increase blood flow, relieve tension and prepare the brain to get back to work. Taking two to five minute brain breaks throughout the school day helps to boost energy, and has shown to improve student outcomes while also preserving valuable instructional time.
Yoga Ed.’s Tools for Teachers manuals consist of effective chair yoga techniques (aka Brain Breaks) that have been adapted into bite-sized pieces for teachers to easily incorporate into the classroom. Yoga Ed. Brain Breaks consist of stretching and breathing exercises that increase blood flow, relieve tension and prepare the brain to get back to work.
By incorporating Brain Breaks into the classroom, educators are able to:
+ Improve academic performance
+ Reduce time-off task
+ Improve concentration
+ Improve student behavior
+ Reduce classroom noise and stress
Did you know? Brain Breaks can give students the edge when facing standardized tests. Take that, Common Core and semester finals!
Next time you see students falling asleep, staring out the window, bothering their classmates or disengaging from lessons, transition the class into a Brain Break. Not only are they an effective tool to manage classroom behavior and improve students’ outcomes, they’re fun, and will give the teacher a break as well.
Try Brain Breaks
You can download three free Brain Break exercises to try with students in the classroom. These chair yoga breaks work for all ages and all levels and require no additional equipment or resources. On the go or on your phone? No worries! We’ll send you the link to our brain breaks through e-mail, so you can either check them out now, or save it for later.